I’m a fairly new entrepreneur. Despite the terrible job market, I’m losing employees faster than I can replace them. I think they quit because my standards are high and their work ethic is lousy. How can I get people to care about quality without driving them away?
New business owners are so committed to their work, so driven toward growth and success, they can’t imagine why everyone around them doesn’t feel the same way about their business. Your job is to help your employees “fall in love” with the business. As their leader, you need to continually court them into greater commitment. …
First, make them feel secure. Often, new bosses use fear and intimidation to get results. This is a big mistake because, even if they get short-term results, they will never build people of character, much less managers and leaders. When people feel insecure, their behavior reflects their lack of confidence. Simple words of encouragement and recognition go a long way.
Second, whenever possible, set standards for new employees that are customized to their particular experience and talent level. If you are in an encouraging environment, you will be able to set high expectations without a problem. Your new hires will see the standards as a challenge to take on, not a threat to run from. They will be more open-minded and less reluctant to ask for, and apply, your advice.
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The final thing I recommend is spiritual. Pray for your business and each of the employees by name. Take time for a “working” Holy Hour, and ask the Lord to help you with your work. Jesus wants us to come to him with all our needs and, since you probably spend a great deal of your time at work, it makes sense to direct a great deal of prayer time to that cause.